The best site for up-to-date comet viewing information (updated weekly) is Seiichi Yoshida’s comet site here. Any pictures/links from www.aerith.net are used with the permission of Seiichi Yoshida.


Comets above magnitude 9 or so (to keep them within binocular range) are shown in the screenshot below taken from www.aerith.net. As of September 5, only two comets are currently above magnitude 10.


Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE - the late "GREAT COMET!"

Comet NEOWISE was a very nice naked eye comet for a few weeks and was observed widely around the world. Though it faded rather quickly in late July and dropped below naked eye visibility at the beginning of August, many saw it and reported it as a once-in-a-lifetime sight. It was still visible in binoculars on August 11, but it has now dropped to magnitude 9 (August 29) and is hard to see even in telescopes. The below image is provided courtesy of Simulation Curriculum.

The magnitude graph below from www.aerith.net plots magnitude vertically and date horizontally, with observers' estimates for comet NEOWISE.


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